MASSIVE WAGONS | 12.05.2019 | Newcastle Riverside | PHOTOS

MASSIVE WAGONS | 12.05.2019 | Newcastle Riverside | PHOTOS

Massive Wagons – 12th May 2019 – Newcastle Riverside

Review and photos by Graeme J. Baty from Blank Slate Creative

Since Massive Wagosn were also incredibly fantastic to photo I decided to do an separate and extended gallery of their set with The Wildhearts

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TOWERS OF LONDON | 12.05.2019 | Newcastle Riverside | PHOTOS

TOWERS OF LONDON | 12.05.2019 | Newcastle Riverside | PHOTOS

Towers Of London – 12th May 2019 – Newcastle Riverside

Review and photos by Graeme J. Baty from Blank Slate Creative

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THE WILDHEARTS | MASSIVE WAGONS | TOWERS OF LONDON | 12.05.2019 | Newcastle Riverside | REVIEW and PHOTOS

THE WILDHEARTS | MASSIVE WAGONS | TOWERS OF LONDON | 12.05.2019 | Newcastle Riverside | REVIEW and PHOTOS

The Wildhearts | Massive Wagons | Towers Of London – 12th May 2019 – Newcastle Riverside

The Wildhearts - 12th May 2019 - Newcastle Riverside
The Wildhearts – 12th May 2019 – Newcastle Riverside

Review and photos by Graeme J. Baty from Blank Slate Creative

Well what can I say about this gig? The final night of The Wildhearts triumphant tour for the launch of their 2019 album Renaissance Men and some might say (not us at Blank Slate we’ve always been massive fans!) unexpected return to the big time.

Towers of London – 12th May 2019 – Newcastle Riverside

There was tremendous showmanship on display from the support acts. In fact, both Towers of London and Massive Wagons proved an absolute hoot to photo. So rather than just share a couple of pics from their sets I will add full photo galleries of each band’s set in separate features 🙂

Towers of London have also reformed and are enjoying themselves immensely by the looks of things. They ended their set with members of Massive Wagons joining them onstage for underpants dances and backing vocals on Fuck It Up. MW followed with their own set of high kicking rock anthems to a packed Riverside crowd, fans clearly here in numbers nice and early to see all of the bands.

Massive Wagons – 12th May 2019 – Newcastle Riverside

It’s my first time seeing The Wildhearts live in about 3 and a half years, although I’ve interviewed and covered solo shows during this gap, this is the first time I’ve been able to get to one of their gigs due to gig clashes, ill health or general bad luck!

The Wildhearts – 12th May 2019 – Newcastle Riverside

It’s a privilege to get the chance to photo and review a band that I’ve followed since I was about 14 years old when I heard Suckerpunch for the first time. They will always have a little spot in my heart with their catchy and timeless back catalogue of classics and barrage of riffs that send shivers down my spine each time I hear them.

The outro of Everlone is a great example of that, one of the finest pieces of rock riffage I’ve ever encountered. Which is no mean feat when you break down that song riff by riff, it’s shear quota of classic riffs eclipses many bands entire careers in just one song. It appears tonight second song in, nice and early. There was the expectation that they might not play some of the Earth Vs Material prior to the tour since they’ve played that material very heavily for its 25th-anniversary last year.

The Wildhearts know how to deliver a setlist with a selection that is sure to keep the diehards happy and entertain the casual fans. I haven’t bee able to get Dislocated out of my head for nearly a week now. It’s a pure slice of 2019 perfection, ‘I feel dislocated from your world’ is a sentiment I can relate to far too much. The world needs The Wildhearts. It’s a brutal barrage of a song that slides effortlessly into singalong choruses that only The Wildhearts can pull off. The more I hear it the more I adore it.

The Wildhearts – 12th May 2019 – Newcastle Riverside

It’s an ecstatic night and the whole band appear to be having the time of their lives. It was great to see Danny back there and grinning away. It truly is a remarkable sound that this gang of four chaps can make, the love for them is on clear display from the sold-out Newcastle crowd. Singing and dancing away for the entire set. Including the new numbers which gain a rapturous reaction.

The Wildhearts – 12th May 2019 – Newcastle Riverside

Renaissance Men will feature on many rock albums of the year list and quite rightly so. The Wildhearts were always super popular in Newcastle but now there’s an air of excitement and maybe some ‘I told you so’ smugness from the fans who have followed them religiously for years since they’re now getting more attention from media and a wider audience.

The Wildhearts – 12th May 2019 – Newcastle Riverside

The Wildhearts in whatever shape or form have always been brilliant and will always be one of Britains best rock bands. They deserve every ounce of praise they’ve earned from this tour and album. What a gig!

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SKINNY LISTER | THE WOOD BURNING SAVAGES | 04.04.2019 | Newcastle Riverside | REVIEW and PHOTOS

SKINNY LISTER | THE WOOD BURNING SAVAGES | 04.04.2019 | Newcastle Riverside | REVIEW and PHOTOS

Skinny Lister | The Wood Burning Savages – 4th April 2019 – Newcastle Riverside

By Gav Wyatt (G.Wyatt photography)

On the 4th of April Skinny Lister played the riverside in Newcastle after touring in Europe on their recent tour supported on this night by The Wood Burning Savages.

Starting off the night on the stage The Wood Burning Savages from Derry Ireland played a Great 45 minute set which included songs about real life delusion and upbringings from Ireland narrated by frontman Paul Connolly who also recollected the last time they were in Newcastle stating that there was more of the crowd on stage with them then in the actual crowd, they’ve been likened to the Manics before and Queens of the Stone Age, if you’ve never heard of them then they are worth checking out.

With just enough time to grab a pint at the bar Skinny lister vault themselves onto the stage, Lead singer Lorna Thomas wielding her flagon and holding it above her head like a trophy which would later get passed around the crowd to share the contents inside.

Lister have been pigeonholed into the punk category, I don’t see it myself all I can see is full on folk… full on folk turned up to 11 and at a blistering pace, with every song they play they seem to climb up another notch and the energy intensifies with all 5 of the 6 band members, the only band member unable to move being the drummer.

In the short time they were at the Riverside they seemed to cover more songs than I ever thought you could fit in a set, halting halfway through for a rendition of an old sea shanty song John Kanaka, willing the crowd to chant along with them, if you’re not tapping your foot at least whilst watching Lister then maybe live music isn’t for you, I left that gig with a smile and if you ever need a feel-good full energy gig then don’t delay and get along to see this band, you won’t regret that you did.

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RUTS (RUTS DC) | THE PROFESSIONALS | 21.02.2019 | Newcastle Riverside | REVIEW and PHOTOS

RUTS (RUTS DC) | THE PROFESSIONALS | 21.02.2019 | Newcastle Riverside | REVIEW and PHOTOS

Ruts (Ruts DC) and The Professionals – 21st February 2019 – Newcastle Riverside

By Gordon Armstrong (G’s Gig Shots)

The Professionals couldn’t have a more appropriate name when you take a look at their history. Apart from founding member Paul Cook from the Sex Pistols (and more) tonight’s line up also features members of 3 Colours Red, The Men They Couldn’t Hang and The Wildhearts. So it’s safe to say that the stage is no stranger to them. Currently out on tour opening for the Ruts their no-nonsense straight ahead punk rock is a perfect way to warm up the crowd. Although saying that it did take the first couple of songs and a bit of cajoling from Tom Spencer to get everyone on board.

Cook is a powerhouse behind the kit and as a friend of mine pointed out his playing is solid, with tasteful fills in just the right places! It’s short set but they cram in as much as they can both old (Payola) new (Good Man Down) and classic (Silly Thing) with the dual guitars of Chris McCormack & Spencer providing a beefy wall of sound while Toshi & Cook pound it out as a solid rhythm section and big terrace anthem choruses there are certainly much worse ways to start your Thursday night!

Performing an album in full in order can be problematic, particularly if the album has lulls in it. However, The Crack by The Ruts has no such fall downs and tonight the Ruts DC are celebrating its 40th anniversary. The alarm bells and sirens blast from the PA and the trio kick into the fantastic Babylons Burning with as much fervour as it had back in 1979. I was a little worried about this as this track is probably my favourite of the Ruts (I even have the album of remixes just of that track) and I thought I may drift a little. Oh how wrong I was!!

Totally forgetting just how many brilliant songs are on this album; SUS, Dope For Guns, Jah War, Savage Circle, just went to show not only the various musical influences the band had but also the underrated musicianship. Some of Segs bass lines and Ruffys drumming are absolutely phenomenal ranging from full-on punk to dub reggae in style and I was captivated for the full performance which went on after the album with Ruts DC original material from Music Must Be Destroyed as well as the classic Staring At The Rude Boys. The trio (completed by Leigh Heggarty on guitar) looked like they were having an absolute blast bringing the album to life to a Riverside full of old school fans out in force.

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LARKIN POE coming to the UK in April 2019 | GIG NEWS

LARKIN POE coming to the UK in April 2019 | GIG NEWS

Larkin Poe are coming to Newcastle in April 2019

Nashville based Larkin Poe have announced a run of UK dates which includes a stop at the Newcastle Riverside on 6th April and Glasgow’s stunning Oran Mor on the 7th April 2019

LARKIN POE HEADLINE UK TOUR 2019

March 10    Manchester Gorilla tickets
March 11    Birmingham Glee Club tickets
April 3        Brighton Concorde 2 tickets
April 4        Bristol Fleece tickets
April 6        Newcastle Riverside tickets
April 7        Glasgow Oran Mor tickets
April 8        Inchyra (Perth) Inchyra Arts Club tickets

SPOILERS | 03.02.2019 | Newcastle Riverside | PHOTOS

SPOILERS | 03.02.2019 | Newcastle Riverside | PHOTOS

Spoilers – 3rd February 2019 – Newcastle Riverside

Feature by Graeme J. Baty

Flashback to a couple of weeks ago! Here’s the full photo gallery from Spoilers set with And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead. These were quite a pleasant surprise, completely different from the sound of TOD but I didn’t care, they were great! They were on super early as fans were just arriving but they seemed to win the subdued Sunday night crowd over.

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THE MAGPIE SALUTE | 07.12.2018 | Newcastle Riverside | REVIEW and PHOTOS

THE MAGPIE SALUTE | 07.12.2018 | Newcastle Riverside | REVIEW and PHOTOS

The Magpie Salute – 7th December 2018 – Newcastle Riverside

By Gordon Armstrong (G’s Gig Shots)

The Magpie Salute - 7th December 2018 - Newcastle Riverside
The Magpie Salute – 7th December 2018 – Newcastle Riverside

After a quick visit to the Arena up the road it was a quick scuttle down to the Quayside to see The Magpie Salute at Riverside venue. There was no way I wanted to miss any of this, I mean three members of The Black Crowes in a band that had released one of my favourite albums of the year… errrr no chance!

Kicking off with title track High Water it’s immediately evident that this is a band comfortable with each other, no histrionics, no massive opener just a fantastic song based around a rolling melody and wonderful harmonies which never dropped through the next seventeen or so songs. The guitar play between Rich Robinson and Marc Ford is a masterclass in less is more. Some beautiful slide playing and solo trading but without entering the world of shred.

By the fifth song the band are paying homage to their heroes and drop in Pink Floyds Fearless and Neil Youngs Big Time, before showcasing solo material from Marc and Rich.

A short acoustic set starting with Sister Moon and a lovely version of CSN’s You Don’t Have To Cry followed by the first Black Crowes of the night Lay It All On Me breaks the set up nicely and again highlights the vocal harmonies. Speaking of which the revelation of the night for me was vocalist John Hogg, I love the album and liked his previous band Moke but never expected him to nail it so well live he was just outstanding! At one point I was positive he was channelling Get Your Wings era Steven Tyler!!

They delve into the Crowes catalogue even further once back into electric instruments (One Mirror Too Many for example) and finish on a stomping Send Me An Omen leaving an audience just awestruck. So many people stating it was their gig of the year following it and I have to agree it was definitely up there!

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